Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Regalia of the Jongmyo Jerye

After a while longer, the officiators, all dressed in ritual robes, hats called a coronet, an angled waist belt, rear tasseled trimmings, black & white leather shoes, and carrying a jade tessera, solemnly made their way up the stairs and over to their designated spot by the different royal chambers of the Yeongnyeongjeon hall at Jongmyo Shrine
Each of these men would have partaken of a special purification rite beforehand, designed to keep their mind and body clean and pure before the ritual. Participants, including the king, were required to refrain from visiting sick people, listening to music, or even signing a document for a death sentence. 

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